Nine Killed After Passenger Trains Collide in Germany
On Tuesday, two trains traveling through Germany were involved in a head-on collision that killed nine people and injured between 100 and 150 people altogether. Two passengers are also still missing.
According to CNN.com, two trains were traveling near the town of Bad Aibling, Bavaria, at around 7 a.m. local time when they collided at around 60 miles per hour, causing massive amounts of destruction to both trains.
The crash took place between the towns of Rosenheim and Holzkirchen on the single-track Mangfall Valley Railway. German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt spoke at a press conference where he acknowledged that the scene was a “horrible picture.”
As the cleanup continues, investigators are trying to understand why this crash took place despite all of the failsafes in place on the train line. Authorities are reporting that two of the three data recorders on board the trains had been recovered.
Not only did each of the trains have a driver and a driver instructor on board during the time of the accident, but they were also equipped with an automatic braking system that was designed to engage when the signal on the track was red. Investigators believe both trains could have been given the green light that sent them on a collision course with each other.
For rescue teams, the location of the crash in a heavily forested area made for tough work, but emergency personnel from Germany and neighboring Austria were on the scene quickly trying to help victims.
Authorities on the scene told local media that it took around three hours for rescue workers to remove the injured and dead from the wreckage, and that helicopters were used to transport victims to local hospitals.
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